Our text tells us that when they drew near to their destination, Jesus "made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us." At their insistence, Jesus "went in to tarry with them."
As He sat with them, their eyes were opened to understand that their new Friend was indeed the Savior. Jesus would have gone further down the road, leaving the company of the disciples, had they not invited Him to abide with them. This was not the only time in Scriptures when we find our Lord responding this way. The disciples were in a storm on the sea, and Jesus came to them walking on the water. The Bible says He would have passed by, but they cried out to Him.
What a practical lesson about the nature of God and what He wants from us. He wants us to want His presence in our lives. Obviously, we know that when a person is converted, Christ indwells him. Jesus says that He will be with us always, but He still wants us to desire His fellowship. He wants to hear us say, "Abide with us." Jesus does not force His fellowship on us. He wants to be an invited guest into our conversations and lifestyle.
~ Pastor Robert A. Sorenson, Bethany Baptist Church, Ava, MO - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Read: Judges 16:4-31
Read: Matthew 16:18 and Ephesians 6:13
lust at times. He could destroy countless Philistines and yet could not conquer his lust. His lust made him a crazy man.
He was crazy because he gave what never should have been given: his heart. She was not an Israelite, she was not of his tribe, and she cared not for his God. We are told to guard our hearts.
He was crazy because the relationship was all one sided. The text never discloses Delilah reciprocating love back towards Samson. Love can be blind and very dangerous. He had her on his mind and she had silver on hers. Someone rightly said "desire eludes discernment."
He was crazy because he was playing with sin while he should have been fleeing from it. He was casual about sin and compromise. It was a big joke to him and it cost him his sight and his freedom. Sin is not a joke.
He was crazy because he surrendered God's power, presence, and hurt God's name in the process. Don't lose your mind by following your lust. We all are no match for the fires of lust! God will give you the grace to flee youthful lusts.
~ Pastor James Gugino, Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church, Webster, NY - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Samson and Delilah is one of the best-known stories of the Bible. It reveals man's greatest weakness: woman (Adam and Eve, David and Bathsheba, and Solomon and his wives and concubines). Thus with man's lust, he can be brought to a piece of bread, and as an ox goes to the slaughter, and he becomes like a bird hastening to a snare not realizing it is for his life. Samson's strength became his weakness. His name means like the sun, all the while he lived in the darkness of
As a preacher, I am commanded to preach the Word. As believers, we need to study the Word of God every day. We need to know what the Bible says.
A dear man of God told me years ago to preach the gospel anyway, no matter who says or does what. He is right about that. Jesus tells Peter this interesting fact about the church and the gospel: that "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). I want to encourage you, child of God, to keep following the Lord anyway!
I know there are mockers in this time and they can be bold and bombard the believers with the sin in the world. However, remember what Paul said in Ephesians 6:13, "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand."
Be encouraged, believer, knowing this, "For with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37).
~ Pastor Chris Ball, Calvary Baptist Church, Columbia, TN - From "Call to Glory" A Devotional Guide
Have you ever felt like giving up or giving in? In a world where there is so much wickedness and temptation, it may seem easy to give up or give in. It may even seem like "the thing" to do. Maybe you are just too tired to keep fighting or resisting? There seems to be arrogance, pride, self-righteousness, and the list goes on and on. What are we supposed to do in the face of these battles?
We as believers need to realize that God will fight our battles.
It was the first day of the week, and had been three days and nights since the brutal crucifixion of Christ. Two disciples were dejectedly walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus - a journey of about seven and a half miles. As they journeyed together, discussing the events of recent days, Jesus joined them and began to walk with them, without disclosing His identity. When they explained to this unknown Companion the reason they were so sad, he began to teach them from the prophets about Himself.
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